Monday, April 15, 2019

Release Day Review: Playing Around by Suzanne Clay #Review #Giveaway

Title: Playing Around
Author: Suzanne Clay
Series: Rough Play book 1
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Length: 288 pages

Reviewed by Racheal


Logan and Christian have been best friends since kindergarten. After spending their entire childhoods together, it makes sense they would go to the same college: the first step toward making their futures intertwine forever as blood brothers.

But being away from home means discovering freedom Logan and Christian have never had before, and their journey of finding who they really want to be—and how they want to fit into each other’s lives—is a messy one.

When a double date with their girlfriends turns into a new, erotic experience, both Logan and Christian are shaken by it. Suddenly, they can’t continue to see each other in a platonic light. Exploring their curiosity feels dangerous even when their girlfriends aren’t an issue, but ignoring their changing feelings is impossible.

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Welcome to the next chapter of your life, COLLEGE! That time in so many young adult lives where maybe for the very first time, they are experiencing a way of life like never before. That is how the two characters in Suzanne Clay’s book Playing Around, feel after leaving their small hometown in Georgia. Going from being the only two black boys in their small hometown into a University that not only has a diverse culture but a place where it’s free to express or find your sexual orientation whatever that might be.

Although, at times I did wonder where the author was taking their story to, and felt certain parts didn’t necessarily need to be written into their story, the additional background truly fleshed out the character. However, it was the chemistry between the two best friends that captured my attention. Their fears of the unknown outside their bubble of college, realizing that the pathway to their futures really wasn’t want they wanted but more of what was expected of them.

Being raised to be taught what to believe and what is viewed as the norm only to finally realize that their way of life isn’t right or wrong, it’s just not the way for everyone. Just because you don’t fit into whatever norm that you believed that you should fit into, doesn’t make you an abomination, sick, or unloved, it just makes you the beautiful person you were always meant to be.


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